Hitchin Square, Bow is one of Circle Housing Group’s ‘Hidden Homes’ schemes on the Parkside Estate. Baily Garner became involved in the project in 2012 at the design inception stage, providing Employer’s Agent, Cost Consultant, Pre-Planning M&E, CDMC, Party Wall, CfSH Assessor and Clerk of Works Services for the scheme.
The new development of 6 affordable rent homes includes five 3 bed 5 person houses and one 3 bed 4 person wheelchair house, with associated landscaping works to the square, public realm improvements and access works. With existing garages demolished, a twofold design concept delivered a mews style street of family homes, whilst overlooking and active frontages created safe access routes to the newly landscaped Hitchin Square, a previously underused public open space.
Hitchin Square was shortlisted/highly commended in the 2015 National Housing Awards (Best Small Development), shortlisted for the 2016 Housing Design Awards (Completed Projects), shortlisted for the 2016 Building Awards (Small Project of the Year) and Winner in the 2016 London Region Planning & Placemaking Awards.